For Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, Tourist Numbers are on the Increase

Photo: Kangaroos lazing on the beach are a major drawcard for tourists at Lucky Bay in Western Australia. (ABC News: Jarrod Lucas)

One of Western Australia’s most popular national parks is experiencing its busiest summer on record, despite a recent scare which forced holidaymakers onto a beach to escape bushfires.

Key points:

  • 631 kilometres south-east of Perth, covers 31,801 hectares
  • A total of 846,776 people visited the national park in the five years to June 30 last year, including a record 188,175 last financial year
  • Tourism officials say Lucky Bay is quickly becoming one of the most popular camp sites in Western Australia

Camping grounds at Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance have been booked out since early December.

It is the second summer since online bookings were introduced and a $4.2 million upgrade of new camping facilities opened at Lucky Bay, which is known for its pristine white sand and kangaroos lazing on the beach.

Recent bushfires, which closed the Eyre Highway for 12 days and trapped holidaymakers in Esperance, have also significantly boosted visitor numbers.

Photo: The Berends family from Victoria camping at Lucky Bay. (ABC News: Jarrod Lucas)